SKU (ISBN): 9780810020474
Binding: Trade Paper
Publisher: Northwestern Publishing House
Originally self-published by Arthur J. Clement, The Shepherd’s Assistants is a handbook to help guide church elders and deacons in the various tasks they are asked by the pastor to perform for the congregation. As the shepherd’s assistants, elders and deacons work closely with the pastor concerning spiritual matters of the congregation. But some of these men may feel inadequate or aprehensive due to their lack of formal training in the ministry of the Word. This manual helps alleviate such feelings by providing the church’s elected with Scripture-based advice and step-by-step actions for handling certain congregational affairs. The author writes to ensure that those who serve in congregations are thoroughly trained and have a reference for how to handle church matters for the pastor. Pastors may find it helpful to use The Shepherd’s Assistants at board meetings. The seven chapters are:
The Elders as Ministers of Christ and Assistants to the Shepherd (The Pastor); The Elders’ Qualifications, Charateristics, Duties, Do’s and Don’ts; The Elders at Work: Admonishing the Offender; The Elders at Work: Ministering to Delinquents;The Elders at work: Writing Letters Also includes: Addendum One: Presentation of God’s Plan for Our Salvation; Addendum Two: The Law and Gospel; Addendum Three: Responding to Excuses or Objections; Addendum Four: Scripture Topics Index; Addendum Five: Sample Letters; Addendum Six: The Elders Organize; Addendum Seven: Notes and Bibliographies.